Not that I have ever or would ever do this, but as a lover of chocolate it concerns me tremendously. (This is part of my “Emperor-has-no-Clothes” occasional feature.) If you have ever shelled out for a $2000-a-pop chocolate tasting (or even, probably, a $10-$15 chocolate bar), you have probably been ripped off. The world of high-end chocolate appears to involve systematic deception about the bean-to-bar myth and, in general, the sourcing, production value and quality of the product they push. But with recent muckraker revelations, it seems to be all unravelling.
What does it tell us about our captivity to consumer culture? As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you. But fool me twice…
‘Our delight at their downfall truly reveals how we as a consumer culture lie to ourselves about being consumers of culture.’